Principal of Straid Primary School, Mrs Florence Mairs, has said a fond farewell on her retirement after 15 years in the post.
Mrs Mairs, who began teaching 42 years ago, worked at Ballysillan and Thompson Primary Schools before coming to Straid in 1999.
She told the Times that she considers herself lucky to have worked in a career she loved for over four decades. She revealed: “I always wanted to be a teacher, ever since I was five years old. I used to take the other children off the street and sit them on our step-they were the class, and I was always the teacher!”